October 13, 2017

This academic year, CELLTR is launching a new pilot project in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Science (FAS) in support of multilingual students. Students enrolled in Engineering Sciences courses (100W Engineering, Science and Society; 105W Process, Form and Convention in Professional Genres) can receive help with academic communication and writing skills through one-on-one consultations.  The consultations will be led by CELLTR-affiliated PhD students specializing in second language teaching and learning, Brent Amburgey and Pedro dos Santos.

This project is unique in that it is designed as a course-embedded support model, involving language and writing support that aligns with specific course learning goals and outcomes.  The model features a personalized, on-going, and developmental approach to one-on-one student support; rather than one-time, drop-in sessions before an assignment is due.  During writing consultations, participating students will be supported to identify, reflect on and monitor language and writing learning objectives, promoting the development of meta-cognition and self-regulated learning skills. 

Further, CELLTR will offer assignment-specific workshops for students in these courses throughout the semester to highlight the academic language and literacy skills students will need to complete assignments successfully. Finally, as part of the broader study, Exploring Resources for Learning in a Multilingual University Context, led by Dr. Saskia Stille, this project will examine discipline-specific language support in the applied sciences.


CELLTR, FAS, course-embedded support, writing support

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